Living in a today`s modern and busy world can be quite exhausting! We are constantly pressed for time and hardly get the chance to dedicate a few hours for ourselves. Living under such conditions leads to cycle of burnout and stress, and looking for an instant fix like coffee or alcohol. Unfortunately, once stuck in this cycle, it`s very difficult to get away and remove the root cause of the problem.
However, it turns out that as little as drinking tea on a regular basis is a critical step towards breaking this cycle. The best part is that introducing this healthy habit is extremely easy and simple!
To avoid brain fog, anxiety ,stress and weight gain, consider this simple habit. Instead of drinking a cup of coffee or juice, you should be sipping a cup of medicinal tea which works wonders for your weight loss, energy, and overall health.
1. Eliminate Brain Fog + Fatigue
Drinking this tea provides the same effect as caffeine, without the negative side effects. It contains theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine, all of which work in synergy to provide milk stimulating effects.
Peppermint contains menthol which boosts energy and improves mood almost instantly.
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and provides the same effect, without the jittery side effects associated with coffee.
2. Fight Anxiety + Improve Mood
Tulsi has been long used in India to lift mood and fight off anxiety. It is believed that its effectiveness lies in its ability to boost immunity and cognition. In addition to this, it works as adaptogens, improving body`s response to physical and emotional stress and helping the body function at optimal level when exposed to stress.
Green tea is widely known as being capable of lifting mood and improving focus, which is attributed to its combination of mood-stabilizing caffeine and L-theanine.
This herb is widely used to treat dementia as well as to boost memory, learning, and thinking. Recent research shows that it`s even capable of protecting cells damaged in Alzheimer`s disease and positively affecting thinking and memory in people with dementia and Alzheimer`s disease.
Gotu kola works similarly to gingko, ably protecting against Alzheimer`s disease, epilepsy, and Parkinson`s disease.
As found by a research at the University of Maryland Medical Center, this herb also improves anxiety and improves mental function.
This herb possess potent relaxing effects which can be used to promote a good night`s rest, alleviate frayed nerves, and promote sense of calmness.
Note: Although you can use each herb individually, the best would be to look for a blend which combined all or at least a few of the herbs above.
3. Burn Fat + Boost Metabolism
This has been valued for a long time in Chinese herbalism due to its numerous health benefits. The unique fermentation process which happens before the tea is dried stimulates production of micro-organisms which mix with other compounds and have been found to lower cholesterol and stimulate fat burning.
It is highly recommended to sprinkle some cinnamon in tea or over oatmeal to reduce cravings during the day and keep blood sugar levels in check.
Fennel seed works wonders for digestion, regulation of blood sugar levels, and reduction of cravings.
Being an adaptogenic herb, ginseng root helps improve insulin sensitivity, regulate blood sugar levels, and provide potent anti-obesity properties.
Note: Wild Leaf Active Tea`s Slim blend has a potent combination of puerh, cinnamon, fennel seed, and ginseng, to help boost metabolism and curb cravings.
Although this isn’t a medicinal herb, it has been scientifically shown that dehydration affects person`s mood, energy, and ability to think. To stay on the safe side, boost your water intake with an extra cup of tea.
How To Select The Best Tea Blend
- Look for organic ingredients
- Avoid tea bags that are transparent or have windows
- Look for the experts behind the blends
- Choose brands that use loose-leaf or loose-packed whole leaf tea
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